LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Focusing on promoting tourism and other marketing initiatives, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in China together with the China National Tourism Bureau Los Angeles office held on Tuesday a presentation themed "Beautiful China, Amazing Ningxia."
"Ningxia is an extremely exciting chapter of a beautiful China, ranking number 20 out of the world's 46 must-go tourist destinations chosen by the New York Times," said the Vice Governor of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Wang Heshan.
"On the occasion of the first China-U.S. tourism year, high level tourism talks will be held in Ningxia this September. I believe the rich and unique tourist resources of Ningxia strongly complement the U.S. tourism market and has a great potential for interaction," he said.
In 2015, China and the United States together contributed to over 16 percent of the outbound international tourists in the world. A total of 120 million Chinese people traveled overseas in 2015, making it the third year in a row that China topped the list of international outbound travelers, according to statistics from the China National Administration of Tourism. Chinese tourists spent 194 billion U.S. dollars across the world last year.
The United States has welcome a growing number of Chinese visitors in recent years. Booming Chinese tourism and increasing outbound Chinese visitors attracted U.S. tourism companies to expand their businesses to China. The event here in Los Angeles attracted over 100 industry profressionals from the United States.
Shantha Mony, the CEO of local Dream-Ality Travels just finished her visit in China in March. "China is a big market and we value it so much," she said.
For Dick Bublitz, his travel agency has not opened any route to China yet, and he attended the meeting to learn more about China. He said his company is willing to start a China trip soon.
"In the China-U.S. tourism year, more flights have been opened between our two countries and China has offered more services to U.S. visitors," said Wang Yanjie, director of China National Tourist Office Los Angeles. "Meanwhile, many programs have been planned to further promote tourism cooperation between both countries."
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SOURCE Tourist Office of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region